The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to expedite construction of a “secondary wall” on the U.S-Mexico border.
The secondary wall will be built in the eastern portion of Border Field State Park in San Diego, extend for 12.5 miles and should be 18 feet tall, a spokesperson for the sector told the Washington Examiner. It was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on December 20, 2018.
The DHS said in a statement that Congress has granted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen with "a number of authorities necessary to carry out the DHS's border security mission.”
One of which is to "take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical walls and roads near the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States.”
"Tactical infrastructure, when combined with the appropriate technology and personnel, significantly reduces the amount of illegal border entries and enhances the Border Patrol’s ability to secure the border," the DHS said.
According to the department, the San Diego Sector already has apprehended 18,500 undocumented immigrants in this fiscal year, an increase of over 69 percent from the same period of time in the last fiscal year.
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